April 14, 2024


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Tacoma universities superintendent announces retirement for 2022

Carla Santorno, Tacoma Public Schools superintendent, speaks at the STAR Center in Tacoma on April 26, 2019.

Carla Santorno, Tacoma Public Colleges superintendent, speaks at the STAR Center in Tacoma on April 26, 2019.


Tacoma Community Colleges superintendent Carla Santorno has introduced she ideas to retire at the end of the 2021-22 school yr.

Santorno’s last day will be June 30, 2022, according to a news launch on Monday afternoon.

“I am now in a area to mirror on all the superb educators, teams and communities with whom I have labored. I truly feel a perception of accomplishment for all the superior function we have finished together,” Santorno claimed in the news release. “Here in Tacoma General public Educational facilities, I am very pleased our overall firm has revealed how all college students can be successful in demanding, superior classes, how all college students can graduate from superior faculty and how all college students can go on to a put up-secondary training if they select.”

Santorno began her occupation with Tacoma Public Educational institutions in 2009 as deputy superintendent, doing work for then-Superintendent Artwork Jarvis. She became superintendent in July 2012.

“Santorno led the demand to aggressively strengthen Tacoma’s graduation price, which rose to 89.9 % in 2020 – the best it’s been due to the fact the point out began tracking it in 2003,” stated the push launch.

Santorno’s wage was $307,862 for the 2020-21 faculty calendar year, building her one of the greatest-paid out university superintendents in the condition.

Santorno will perform with the school board to create a transition approach for next university 12 months.

“People have requested me from time to time when I would retire. I have constantly said I really don’t want to quit right up until all college students come to feel equally represented, until finally all learners have the right, equitable accessibility, coaching and nurturing to triumph,” Santorno claimed.

Santorno hopes to target on that function in the future school calendar year by developing on the foundation of an fairness initiative and teaching system previously constructed by the district’s Fairness Style Workforce, according to the information release. The perform intends to “improve cultural consciousness, competency, knowing, attitudes and behaviors of district staff.”

“I need to see that perform by means of, due to the fact I firmly believe it will make a substantial difference in the results and high achievement of all TPS college students,” Santorno claimed.

Santorno has put in more than 40 yrs in schooling. She’s labored as a instructor, principal, administrator and superintendent in Denver Community Universities. She also worked for Seattle Public Colleges as chief academic officer.

In 2016, the School Superintendents Affiliation named Santorno the winner of its countrywide Women of all ages in Management Award.

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Allison Needles handles city and training news for The Information Tribune in Tacoma. She was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest.